The recent 8.8-magnitude Chile earthquake has caused massive devastation in the South American nation.
Apart from a colossal tsunami, here's another effect of the 66.6 exajoules liberated by this weekend's earthquake in Chile: NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory says that days will now be shorter because the quake shifted Earth's axis by three inches.
The change—which can only be measured thanks to computer models—will result in days that are 1.26 microseconds shorter than before.
That's 0.00000126 seconds shorter.
There may have been more visible changes, like islands changing its position.
One of them, Santa María, may have raised two meters after the shattering land move.
This is not the first time this has happened, as every single earthquake has an effect on the planet's axis
It’s currently a theory and not instant money, but think about what this could mean.
If NASA is correct and the Earth’s axis has shifted, then the planet’s rotation could be permanently affected by the redistribution of mass.
One microsecond is one-millionth of a second, which is not enough time to mess with your beauty sleep or make you late for work.
But the global impact is still amazing to contemplate
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